Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

George Mason University

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The M.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


The M.S. degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology addresses the growing national and regional demand for trained computational biologists. The degree combines a solid foundation in biotechnology with computational skills required for bioinformatics. The flexibility of the degree structure permits students to custom-design their curriculum under an advisor's guidance, making this especially relevant for students employed in today's diverse biotechnology workplace. Students completing the program are qualified to pursue careers that require knowledge of current bioinformatics methods and the ability to develop new bioinformatics software.

Courses are generally offered in the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate students with full-time employment outside the university. Persons employed at area biotechnology organizations may take up to six credits (out of 31) for bioinformatics work done on the job under the guidance of a faculty member. This work-related project may be applied either as a 3-credit research project or as a 6-credit master's thesis.

Degree Requirements

Candidates must successfully complete 31 credit hours as follows:

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